- Academic Departments
- Anthropology & Sociology
- Commerce and Business
- Greek & Roman Studies
- International Studies
- Mathematics & Computer Science
- Modern Languages & Literatures
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Interdisciplinary Programs
- African American Studies
- Asian Studies
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Environmental Studies & Sciences
- Film Studies
- Gender & Sexuality Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Political Economy
- Urban Studies
- Foundational Programs
- Life: Then and Now
Our department combines the two disciplines of Anthropology and Sociology, offering students an opportunity to learn how to interpret and explain the structural and environmental forces that influence human action, and that have resulted in myriad cultural forms.
By studying the theory and method of the two academic fields, majors are able to understand the society in which they live and their actions as social and cultural beings. They also come to appreciate alternative cultural ways of being in the world.
The Department of Art offers to the student, regardless of experience or major, the opportunity to develop a ‘sensitivity’ to visual language through studio work and the study of the history of art. The department requires a balanced program in studio and art history that may be augmented to suit students’ particular interests and needs.
On our Biology Home Page, we ask, "Where do you want to be next?" At Rhodes, your opportunities are many and varied. On these pages you′ll find information about research on and off campus, internships, study abroad, clubs, volunteerism, and many other opportunities. Explore the links at the left, reflect on your goals and aspirations, talk to your advisor and decide how you will enrich your life as a biology major.
The study of chemistry provides the student with both knowledge and understanding of the composition, properties, and transformations of natural and synthetic substances. Work in the department consists of lectures, problem-solving exercises, laboratory work, and research opportunities. It is through this combination of empirical learning, experimentation, and creative thought that the study of chemistry contributes to a strong liberal arts and science education.
A major in Commerce and Business is excellent preparation for graduate study in law, medicine, and each of the functional areas of business. Our majors pursue successful careers in accounting, marketing, sales, advertising, customer relations, financial planning, investment banking, human resource management, not-for-profits, and as entrepreneurs.
The study of economics, through its emphasis on logical and quantitative analysis and communication skill, serves as excellent preparation for students interested in careers in business, law, medicine, government, non-profits, and international relations, as well as in academic roles.
The Education Program is part of the Department of Psychology and offers a sequence of courses in education, psychology, and supporting fields which lead to a Minor in Educational Studies.
Textual study and written critical analysis sit at the heart of the liberal arts experience, and the Rhodes College Department of English provides rigorous training in both. Our courses provide students with the tools necessary to read literature both attentively and critically, and to articulate those readings in formal papers that match lucidity with imagination. In addition to covering the full range of British, American, and Anglophone literature, from Beowolf to Toni Morrison, our course offerings also encompass film studies, creative writing, and creative non-fiction. Additionally, students can engage in internships and independent study.
The concern of the Greek and Roman Studies program is not only to help our students gain expertise in the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome but also to realize a number of more general goals, which will have an influence on the quality of their lives and accomplishments regardless of their specific ambitions.
he Department of History provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical forces that have shaped the world’s civilizations. Studying history helps one to develop a critical perspective on the world and to understand how one’s own identity and culture relate to those of others. The Department particularly prides itself on the diversity of its course offerings, its emphasis on faculty and student research, and the opportunities it offers for students to engage in internships in the Memphis community.
No matter what vocation a student chooses after graduation, historical study helps one to comprehend and contextualize the problems of contemporary society, while also enhancing one’s research, writing, and presentation skills.
The Department of International Studies at Rhodes is somewhat unique in that we have the infrastructure of an entire academic department devoted to international studies. Our department, which features seven full-time faculty members and approximately 70 majors, offers courses in the areas of international relations, political economy, foreign policy and comparative politics.
As a department, we offer unique opportunities for students, including undergraduate research opportunities, student simulations such as Model United Nations, a self-published scholarly journal and a variety of internships—both in Memphis and abroad.
The Department offers courses of study that meet the needs of a wide variety of students. As mathematics is one of the foundations of the physical sciences and a tool of virtually all the disciplines, the department seeks to give the student competence in the discipline as well as develop the ability to think analytically. The importance of the computer continues to grow at a rapid rate, and the department also seeks to prepare students in the field of computer science.
Modern Languages and Literatures at Rhodes College aspires to take students on an exploratory voyage. Each of our programs can challenge and charm. Each offers new doors to the world and we welcome you to enter any one of them at any time. To find out more about the curriculum for each language or the possibilities for study abroad, follow the links (in the lefthand column of this page) to the sections that interest you most.
The Department of Music is determined to help all students acquire and synthesize a wide range of knowledge and experience in the areas of music theory, history, and performance regardless of one′s major. We seek to develop our students′ aesthetic sensibilities and ability to express themselves musically in meaningful ways. The Bachelor of Arts degree in music is a liberal arts degree designed to provide music majors a comprehensive preparation for graduate studies in music.
The Department of Philosophy prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of disciplines by providing critical thinking skills and helping students address life’s perennial questions in both theoretical and practical ways.
The Department of Physics at Rhodes College is one that combines formal class work with hands-on laboratory work and independent research to create not just future scientists, but future leaders in the scientific community.
Rhodes College is ranked 17th in the nation in the number of physics majors who have gone on to receive a Ph.D. degree in physics or astronomy. But we are lucky to count physicians, teachers, engineers, business people, and others among our former students.
Our program is very popular, which is the result of engaging courses offered by an exceptionally strong teaching faculty. Our courses focus on American politics, political and moral thought, and law. We run our own internship program which places students in offices and organizations related to public affairs, as well as the local offices of Tennessee′s two senators and memphis′s representative.
The department can help open doors to careers and higher educational opportunities for students who possess the motivation and drive. We have sent our students to the top law and graduate schools, but many of our majors head straight to Washington, DC and others find rewarding employment in a wide variety of other careers.
he Department of Psychology provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of behavior and experience from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The psychology faculty specialize in a wide variety of psychological topics including physiological, clinical/community, health, counseling, cognitive, social, and developmental psychology. The department offers several courses of general interest to non-majors and students in related fields.
The Department of Religious Studies has as its primary objective the academic study of religion. Students are given the opportunity to examine important questions of meaning and value in a personalized setting with internationally-recognized scholars.
Our courses explore living religious traditions, especially the Judeo-Christian faith and its relevance for contemporary life.
The study of religion can aid in developing skills for the analysis of human problems and the means for their solution. It also promotes ethical awareness and commitment.
The Department of Theatre offers courses of instruction which are designed to develop an understanding of the theatrical arts as an integral part of the society in which they exist. The courses are grounded in the belief that the liberal arts curriculum should give the highest priorities to the teaching of principles and concepts and that skills are valuable only if they are integrated components of a thorough understanding of those underlying principles and concepts.
A major in Theatre provides the basis for further study in graduate school, professional theatre training, or in the area of arts management.
he mission of the African-American Studies Program is to understand and appreciate the integral yet distinct experiences of people of African heritage throughout the world. The Program’s curriculum aims to emphasize diasporic connections between Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas in an effort to enrich our understanding and appreciation of our complex and diverse world. As such, the Program encourages students to seek appropriate ways to integrate content and analysis in this broad subject matter with their work in other disciplines and programs.
Archaeology is an interdisciplinary field that crosses and integrates all of the curriculum’s divisions at Rhodes College. This minor provides unique opportunities for students to develop interdepartmental collaborations on a wide variety of topics. Archaeology involves ground-level, empirical techniques like survey and excavation to recover material remains, as well as the application of scientific and statistical methods to the study of material culture. Archaeology further demands the interpretive skills of the humanist to approach symbols and ideologies in alternative historical contexts. Additionally, archaeology’s interest in the social and cultural analysis of societies of the past and the “deep past” makes use of the high theories of social sciences, humanities and aesthetic appreciation. Archaeology thus acquaints students with the Arts and Sciences in their full complementarity.
The political, economic, and cultural importance of the nations of Asia is increasing in today’s world. In light of this growing significance, the Asian Studies Program at Rhodes College seeks to promote the understanding of Asia and its role in world civilization as well as its current political, economic, and cultural importance.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) is an interdisciplinary major, which studies life at the molecular level. Under the guidance of faculty members drawn from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics, BMB majors study the structures and functions of cells and biological molecules by using contemporary methods of biochemical analysis, recombinant DNA technology, and molecular genetics. The BMB program is an appropriate preparation for graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biology, for medical school and other health science professions, and for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. By drawing upon the resources and perspectives of multiple disciplines, this major reflects the collaborative nature of current scientific research in this exciting area. In BMB, biologists and chemists contribute their respective understandings of cells and molecules in order to examine the workings of life at its finest levels. Mathematicians contribute to this effort by designing the computational tools of bioinformatics, which enable researchers to understand the structures of the thousands of different genes and proteins that are present in living systems.
he Environmental Studies & Sciences Program at Rhodes College offers students the opportunity to focus their attention on environmental issues. Based on their specific interests, students can major in Environmental Studies (B.A.) or Environmental Sciences (B.S.), or they can choose an Environmental Studies or Sciences minor. All students in both majors and minors also have common experiences, beginning with an interdisciplinary core course called “Environment and Society."
Film Studies at Rhodes College offers a critical understanding of the history, theory, and criticism of moving images. Interdisciplinary by design, Film Studies course offerings are drawn from Art, English, History, and Modern Languages and Literatures, providing students with analytical tools for evaluating varied film styles and movements and their relationship to other cultural phenomena. More broadly, Film Studies courses stress the key components of a solid liberal arts education, with strong emphasis on critical thinking, effective and engaging writing, informed research and analysis across disciplines, and an appreciation of diverse ideas and interpretive methodologies. Film Studies is one of the fastest growing areas of concentration at American colleges and universities, largely because in today′s multimedia world, audio-visual literacy has become essential for careers in a variety of professional fields, including writing, business, education, government, public relations, and entertainment.
Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSST) is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on gender and sexuality as categories of analysis. Courses in GSST range widely in focus and content. However, what these courses share is a recognition, shaped by feminist and queer perspectives, of the ways in which gender and sexuality function as part of a dynamic system, one that shapes identity, structures knowledge, and determines the distribution of social and political power.
The Latin American Studies program, firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition, combines academic disciplines and includes a strong language component. The curriculum brings together courses from six departments: Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, Modern Languages (Spanish), Music, and International Studies. The interdisciplinary approach to Latin American Studies at Rhodes College means that students benefit from exposure to an array of methodologies, theories, and cultural considerations, making Latin American Studies an outstanding course of study for those considering careers in government, business, law, the Peace Corps, education, and journalism.
The Neuroscience major is designed to provide students with a nuanced understanding of the methodological challenges and conceptual issues that lie at the heart of efforts to understand the function of the nervous system and its role in behavior. This program will provide students with an opportunity to explore brain function using multiple approaches from interdisciplinary perspectives and thus will prepare them to pursue postgraduate work in a variety of fields where knowledge of the brain and behavior are required. The major will also provide excellent training for future physicians, teachers, health care workers, and biotechnicians. Majors might also enter the legal profession and biotechnology-related businesses.
Our goal is to understand those fundamental political and economic values of society through: critical analysis and initiatives; support of academic research in the social sciences; sponsorship of symposia and visiting professorships; and the granting of educational fellowships and scholarships.
In this major, classroom study, urban work experiences, and independent research integrate to lend perspective to different urban phenomena that affect the lives of virtually all Americans. As such, the Urban Studies major gives students an opportunity to relate a liberal arts education to specific and real human concerns.
Questions about the meaning and purpose of life are central to human existence. The Life: Then and Now (“Life”) and The Search for Values in the Light of Western Religion and History (“Search”) programs help students think about these issues and provide the foundation for the entire Rhodes curriculum. Students who choose the Life: Then and Now program complete a three-semester sequence of courses. The first courses are taken in the fall and spring semesters of the first year. The third course may be taken at any time in the remaining three years of the student’s college career.
The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion is an interdisciplinary study of the ideas, beliefs, and cultural developments that have formed western culture. Created by the faculty in 1945, it draws faculty from ten departments and over fifty percent of Rhodes′ students participate. It is one of two ways to fulfill the basic humanities requirement at Rhodes.